#7Recipes7Days is back! 7 delicious food and drink recipes in as many days coming up for you lovely people. Really excited to share these recipes with you – got some slightly more accessible ones, a couple of drinks in there as well, should be great. First up is one that I’m really proud of – bit of a showstopper salad. Definitely one to impress rather than a mid-week dinner, but well worth a go if you fancy something light but packed with flavour!
Follow along with the recipes by following me on Instagram (@OTCooks_Eats) if you don’t already. Stay tuned on here for the other recipes, but for now, here’s how to make this bad boy salad!
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 1/2 radicchio lettuce
- 100g goats cheese
- Small handful of walnuts
- 4 figs
- Squeeze of honey
- Pinch of thyme
- Handful of blackberries, cut in half lengthways
- For the dressing
- Handful of blackberries
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp pink peppercorns
- Splash of water
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Cut the very top part of the figs off, and make a small cross in the top of them, cutting about 1/3 of the way down the fig. Stuff a few thyme leaves inside each fig, and drizzle them all with honey. Place the figs on a baking sheet, and once the oven is up to temperature, cook the figs for 10-15 minutes, until gooey but still holding together. Once cooked, slice into quarters and set aside.
- Cut out the hard white part of the radicchio lettuce, and slice into strips. Crumble up the goats cheese. Roughly chop the walnuts. Set these ingredients aside.
- To make the dressing, add the handful of blackberries into a saucepan on a medium/low heat. Add in the balsamic vinegar, honey, crushed pink peppercorns, lemon juice, honey and a splash of water to the pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, until the blackberries have gone to mush. Blend the entire mixture, and push through a sieve. If you want to make the dressing thicker, simply place the dressing back in the saucepan and simmer until it reaches your desired thickness.
- To assemble the salad, combine the leaves, nuts, cheese and mix thoroughly together. Place the fig quarters on top of the salad, and add the dressing. Sprinkle over a few thyme leaves to garnish, and serve.
I really hope you like this one. Spent a while thinking about the flavour combinations, and turned out really nicely when I tried it. Think this would be a good meal to impress someone special, or just for a fancy dinner party. As always, let me know if you make it by tagging me on instagram @OTCooks_Eats – would love to see your guys creations! Remember to stay tuned for the rest of the week, got 6 more delicious recipes coming this week for my #7Recipes7Days.
Thanks lovely people!